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Samuel Laycock School


As a school we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Our aim is to achieve this through – “Working together to Protect Children”.  We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that children are in a caring and protective environment where they are valued and respected.  The Safeguarding Policy, Procedures & Guidelines are reviewed annually, and staff are trained and alert to signs of abuse and neglect.  If these are suspected, there are designated staff, who will work with the Tameside Safeguarding Officer and other Children’s Services, to ensure that the needs of the child are met.  Whilst every effort is made to liaise with parents and carers this may not always be possible straight away but they will be kept informed by one of our Safeguarding Leads.

 Meet our Safeguarding Team

Katie Cochran

Designated Safeguarding Lead, Assistant Head Teacher and Pastoral Lead 

I may be new to this role, but I fully understand the vital part I have in supporting the Safeguarding of our students. In my role as Pastoral Lead, it is my duty to ensure we support the wellbeing and mental health of all of our students.  During this academic year, we will see the introduction of Emotional Literacy Support Intervention. This program will help develop the students' ability to recognise, understand, communicate and self regulate their emotions. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any worries or concerns, I am here to help.  

Nicola Neal

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Welfare Manager

I have considerable experience in working with children in a Special Needs setting. I have a background in Social Care and Child Protection and I provide direct support for our students and families.

Please follow the links below for useful information

National Safeguarding Advice


Local Safeguarding Advice

Operation Encompass

On 21st January 2019 Samuel Laycock School implemented a project that runs jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. This project is called Operation Encompass.  It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children. If you have any other questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the school.